used for Flower Girl Dresses, Communion Dresses, Christening Gowns
and Suits, Tuxedos, Children's Wear, Newborn & Infant Outfits
Broadcloth: A fine,
tightly woven plain weave fabric with a faint rib. Usually of cotton
or cotton blend, but can be made with any fiber.
fabric in a plain weave using tightly twisted yarns. Chiffon has a
light to medium weight and has a limp quality that creates a very
graceful drape and fluid movement.
Crepe: Fabric with an all
over crinkled, pebbly, or puckered surface resulting from the use of
tight twist yarns, embossing, or crepe weave.
Cotton: High thread count
100% cotton yarns in a plain weave create a light weight, slightly
sheer, and supremely soft fabric.
Cotton Sateen: 100%
cotton in a tight satin weave, making a very soft, smooth,
mid-weight fabric with a subtle shine.
Flannel: Plain woven
fabric with a soft "nap" on one side, known for being very soft and
warm to the touch.
Interlock Knit: A double
face knit fabric with identical 1x1 rib on each side. Usually firm
and closely knit.
Jersey Knit: Single knit
fabric with an intermeshing of stitches in the same direction on the
face and a series of semicircular loops on the back, making each
side appear different from the other.
Linen: A plain, light
weight, loose woven cloth made from flax fibers and noted for its
strength, coolness and soft luster. Linen tends to wrinkle
Knit: Knit is a term for
fabric created by parallel courses of yarn that loop into one
another (as opposed to the weaving of perpendicular fibers in woven
fabrics). The size and fibers of the yarns vary widely to create a
huge range of available textiles, from casual interlock and jersey
knits to warm and cozy sweater knits.
Matte Satin: Satin is a
weaving process that causes light to reflect off diagonally
"floating" yarns rather than being absorbed by the regular
perpendicular intersections of yarns found in a plain weave. Satin
can be made from any fiber, is smooth and tightly woven, and comes
in many weights and degrees of shine.
Mirror Organza: Woven in
the same manner as regular organza, but with a sparkly shine for a
Muslin: Plain weave
cotton fabric. Medium weight usually unbleached. Ideal for textile
Netting: A very delicate,
open, and light fabric created by twisting, knotting, or weaving
threads together at regular intervals.
Nylon Tricot: Durable,
lightweight, sheer knitted fabric using super fine synthetic
Organza: A plain weave
fabric made of tightly twisted yarns in a sheer, light weight with a
crisp finish and can be constructed of any number of textile fibers,
usually polyester and has a soft luster.
Pique: A textured weave,
available in many different patterns: vertical, horizontal or
diagonal rib, birdseye (small diamonds), waffle (small squares),
honeycomb, or wave. Usually tightly woven and constructed of cotton
or cotton blend fibers.
Poly-cotton Broadcloth: A
tightly woven plain weave fabric in a 65% polyester / 35% cotton
blend for a nice, wrinkle-resistant, no-shine finish.
Lightweight, tightly woven plain weave fabric utilizing a 100%
polyester fiber. Soft, smooth and durable.
Satin: A weaving process
that causes light to reflect off diagonally "floating" yarns rather
than being absorbed by the regular perpendicular intersections of
yarns found in a plain weave. Satin can be made from any fiber, is
smooth and tightly woven, and comes in many weights and degrees of
Shantung: Woven the same
as dupioni, creating the same overall textured effect of the silk
product, but utilizing man-made polyester fibers rather than natural
silk yarns. Shantung is bright white, medium weight, and has a soft
luster on the surface.
Silk Dupioni: A subtly
textured fabric woven from a double strand of silk yarn in a plain
weave pattern. The yarn is uneven and varies in width, creating a
series of natural horizontal "slubs", which should not be considered
flaws, as they make up the unique character of the textile. It is
light to medium weight, and has a crisp finish with an understated
Taffeta: Crisp, plain
woven fabric with a very fine cross rib. Taffeta has a smooth
texture with a soft sheen on the surface.
Tulle: Sheer net in a
hexagonal mesh pattern (see netting description above). Has a light
to medium stiffness and is often made from silk, rayon, cotton or
nylon fibers. Tulle is most commonly used in formal wear, veils and
Voile: Soft, sheer fabric
in an open plain weave that drapes and gathers very well. Has a
light to heavy crisp finish.